Morocco has also won its second group match at the Africa Cup. With two Dutch-Moroccan bass players, the Comoros were defeated 2-0 and Morocco is therefore certain of a place in the eighth finals. It was a miracle that the score wasn’t much bigger.

Tarik Tissoudali and Sofyan Amrabat started in the base. The pair started the first game against Ghana (1-0 win) on the bench. AZ player Zakaria Aboukhlal then just started in the starting line-up, but lost his place in the striker to the returned Ayoub El Kaabi.

Score obscures game image

Morocco therefore started with a pretty much overturned basic team. The team of trainer Vahid Halilhodzic, who did not select Noussair Mazraoui and Hakim Ziyech, soon turned out to be a lot stronger than the Comoros in the match.

Almost all attacks – and there were many – started with Amrabat, who played as a defensive midfielder. Through him, Morocco managed to launch the attack easily.

It resulted in the well-deserved opening goal in the 16th minute. Selim Amallah of Standard Liège coolly finished from close range.

Chance of chance

In the phase that followed the goal, Morocco seemed to be waltzing over the Comoros, but the crossbar and the outstanding goalkeeper Salim Ben Boina stood in the way of more hits.

In the second half, the Moroccan predominance was even greater. It was a miracle that it stayed with that one goal from Amallah for a long time. Morocco had one big chance after another, but failed to strike.

Symbolic for the match were two moments in the final phase. First Ben Boina miraculously grabbed a ball from the goal line, moments later he saved a penalty.

It was substitute Aboukhlal who made it 2-0 in the 91st minute. The attacker controlled the ball well and coolly pushed it past Ben Boina.

Despite the modest score and the many missed opportunities, Morocco did excellent business. The country is leading in group C and can no longer miss a place for the next round.


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